Category Archive: Just the Journal

Aug 28 2015

My Oreo Cup Runneth Over

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A couple of weeks ago, I read with GREAT interest a flurry of online articles about the release of a new limited-edition flavor of Oreo cookie called “Brownie Batter.” Being a BIG fan of both the original Oreo cookie and brownie batter (I honestly can’t remember the last time I made brownies that actually ended up …

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Aug 21 2015

Some rules are made to be broken …

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… and some toys are definitely earned. I broke one of my cardinal personal technology rules this week. The one that says DO NOT PURCHASE THE 1ST GENERATION OF ANY NEW GADGET. But in my defense, if one is going to buy the 1st generation of a new high-tech product, getting one from Apple is usually a …

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Aug 15 2015

Her turn to take one for the team

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Titanium wedding rings have been in the news lately, and based on the image that NPR chose to use with their article (click the photo read it), I’m guessing there has been a surge in their popularity connected to same-sex marriage. And if this is indeed the case, it means that for once in our lives, Dr. …

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Aug 06 2015

Swedish efficiency in summer?!

Sweden, with its generous government-mandated 5 weeks of paid vacation (4 of which can be taken in one go) has a well-earned reputation for sort of “shutting down” during the summer. This is because most Swedes quite naturally want to be off when the weather is best, resulting in large swaths of the country’s workforce being …

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Aug 05 2015

Who actually listens to voicemail anyway?

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Apple is supposedly working on a feature in iOS10 that will transcribe voicemail messages via Siri and then deliver them as text messages. Because everybody HATES checking their voicemail, right? I pretty much NEVER do it … because 1) it’s a pain-in-the-@$$ and B) it costs me call minutes to do it. I *thought* getting …

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Jul 17 2015

Three-part harmony won’t ever sound this way again

A former radio colleague of mine posted this gem of a performance from 1999 in his Facebook timeline this week, and I haven’t been able to stop listening to it ever since. It’s a remarkable cover of the classic Neil Young song “After the Goldrush” performed live by Dolly Parton, Emmylou Harris and Linda Ronstadt, …

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Jul 10 2015

Not sure “organic” really benefits gin

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Dr. Darling and I try to buy organically-produced and fair-trade products whenever possible, and in the case of grass-fed and free-range meat, when it’s not prohibitively expensive. In most cases, in addition to being healthier, the organic stuff just tastes better. But we recently discovered that this is not necessarily the case with my spirit …

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